If you have any questions about the event please contact Ben Lund-Conlon.

E: b.lund-conlon@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 3108 8277

Year 12 Masterclasses

In the spring and summer terms UCL hosts a range of subject-specific masterclasses.

Masterclasses offer you a taste of learning at university, and are designed to help you decide what area of study you would like to pursue at degree level. They give you an insight in to your chosen subject, and so provide an excellent example to include in your personal statement.

The masterclasses themselves are entertaining, hands-on sessions run by UCL academics and PhD students. You’ll get the chance to look around UCL, and you’ll meet current UCL students and other young people from across London.

Spring Masterclasses

A series of masterclasses will be run on Monday 4 April, 2016.


UCL Biosciences

Dr Chris Taylorson

Monday 4 April 2016, 3-6pm

This Masterclass involves using everyday kitchen materials to extract DNA from human cells. We will be using mouth cells, obtained by mouth-washing with a saline solution. Participants will provide their own cells and extract their own DNA using materials such as washing up liquid, pineapple juice, salt and a small quantity of alcohol. The technique works really well, is fun and very instructive. The session will start with a short talk about the cell and deoxyribonucleic acid, its function and importance. The extraction procedure is explained in terms of what the materials used are actually doing to the contents of the mouth cells used and gives real insight into cell structure and function. The second part of the session will involve the participants trying to extract their own mouth cell DNA. The aim of the experiment, which is visually quite exciting, is to produce DNA which can be spooled from the extraction medium onto toothpicks.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:

  • Biology A level
  • Chemistry A level
  • Maths A level
  • Physics A level

Hedge with an Edge - Maths in Finance

UCL Mathematics

Dr Riaz Ahmad

Monday 4 April 2016, 3-6pm

These days it is hard to escape financial news. Terms such as Derivatives, LIBOR, short selling or FTSE100 are constantly reminding us that finance is the most global of industries. The way finance has developed in recent years can be attributed in large part to maths, which has played a central role and remains the chief driving force, allowing the financial markets to become increasingly sophisticated. There is little doubt that maths has ‘hijacked’ most disciplines and its appeal and influence is noticeable in almost all branches of knowledge.

We will spend the session in a computer lab looking at some of the maths used in investment banking and perform our own asset price Monte Carlo simulations. In addition we will download stock prices, examine their returns and fit a Normal Distribution (bell shaped) curve through them.

We will also discuss the numerous employment opportunities available to maths graduates. The Masterclass will be delivered by Dr Riaz Ahmad.

Keywords: Differential Equation, Normal Distribution, Brownian Motion, Monte Carlo.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics and Statistical Science
  • Mathematical Computation

You may be interested in this if you are currently studying:

  • Maths A level
  • Further Maths A level
  • Physics A Level
  • Economics A Level

Politics, Philosophy & Economics Masterclass

UCL Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Dr Tim Hicks

Monday 4 April 2016, 3-6pm

If you are interested in studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at university then this Masterclass, giving you a practical taste for studying this degree, should be for you.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Politics and East European Studies
  • European Social and Political Sciences

You may be interested in this masterclass if you are studying:

  • History A level
  • English A level
  • Government and Politics A level
  • Mathematics A level
  • Philosophy A level
  • Sociology A level

Summer Masterclasses

A series of masterclasses will be run in July 2016. Please keep an eye on this page for further details to be released.


Please note that there are certain eligibility criteria for these Masterclasses:

We ask that students meet the following academic criteria:

  • have achieved at least five A*-B grades at GCSE
  • are on track to meet the minimum entry requirements for the subject of the Masterclass
  • are taking at least two subjects from UCL's list of preferred A levels

Students must be attending a UK state school. Priority will then be given to students who:

  • will be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • attend schools or colleges with a low overall A Level (or equivalent) point score


To apply for one of the Spring Masterclasses please fill in this online form. The deadline for applications is 11pm on Sunday 13 March.